Women in STEM Policy

2018 Seminar Dates | Tuesday January 2 – Saturday January 6
Scholarship Application Deadline | EXTENDED November 30, 2017
Registration Deadline | EXTENDED December 8, 2017

This seminar offers college women a valuable opportunity to hear firsthand from women  in science, health, and technology who are shaping our nation’s STEM agenda. Students will connect with senior women in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors.

Seminar Highlights

 2017 Seminar Agenda • 2017 Seminar Photos •  Student Experiences

See first hand where policy research takes place: Visit organizations and government agencies where groundbreaking STEM policy research takes place and meet with the women who conduct it. Learn how to use your STEM background to your advantage in Washington, D.C.

Become a leader: Learn how to launch your career from the insight and experience of women who have broken the glass ceiling in STEM policy and get insider advice on becoming a leader in the field.

Professional Skill-Building: Get advice on perfecting your résumé to land your first internship or job and learn how to network, putting these skills to task by attending a reception with science leaders.

Seminar Registration & Preparation

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Ready to attend the seminar?  Check out the student portal for important resources and necessary documents to fill out and submit before you arrive in D.C.

Seminar Fees

$425 for Students from PLEN Member Institutions (See if your school is a PLEN Member)
$725 for Students from Non-PLEN Schools

The seminar fee includes the $125.00 non-refundable registration fee and some meals, indicated on the seminar schedule that you will receive. Students are expected to pay for all other additional costs associated with attending the seminar, including travel, housing, and meals outside of the ones indicated.

Housing Costs (optional):

$245 for a triple room
$352.50 for a double room

PLEN has negotiated a discount rate with the Kimpton Carlyle Hotel in Washington, D.C. Please do not contact the hotel to make a reservation; PLEN will make the reservation for you.


The Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) provides need-based financial aid scholarships for outstanding students interested in attending the PLEN Women in STEM Policy Seminar.  PLEN scholarships will assist students in funding a portion and/or all of program and registration fees associated with attending the seminar. Student(s) awarded any level of scholarship will be responsible for funding their own transportation, meals and any remaining dues for program and registration fees not covered by the scholarship award.  Preference will be given to currently enrolled undergraduate women, but other current students are eligible to apply.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  Learn more about applying for a scholarship here.

Further questions about the PLEN scholarship can be directed to plen.scholarship@gmail.com


Thank you to the 2017 Women in STEM Policy Seminar sponsors!


Learn more about sponsoring a PLEN seminar.